Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 24, 2017.

This Privacy Notice describes the privacy practices of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated and its subsidiaries and affiliates in connection with Vertex's websites and mobile applications that display this Privacy Notice. The Privacy Notice describes the types of personal information that Vertex collects and processes, how Vertex may use and share the information, and the choices that are available to you with respect to Vertex's handling of the information. Please note that some functionality described in this Privacy Notice may not be available on all of our websites or mobile applications, to all individuals, or at all times.

Personal Information We Collect

In connection with your use of our websites and mobile applications, you may submit information directly to us or direct third parties to share information about you with us. The types of personal information we may collect in connection with your use of our websites and mobile applications include:

We, our service providers, and our business partners, may also collect certain information about the use of our websites and mobile applications by automated means, such as cookies, web beacons and other technologies. A "cookie" is a text file that websites send to a visitor‘s computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify the visitor's browser or to store information or settings in the browser. A "web beacon," also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, is used to transmit information back to a web server. We and our service providers and business partners may collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites when you use our websites and mobile applications.

The information that may be collected by automated means includes:

Because there is not yet a consensus on how companies should respond to web browser-based do-not-track ("DNT") mechanisms, we do not respond to web browser-based DNT signals at this time. Please see the "Your Rights and Choices" section below for information about how you may opt out of, or limit the use of, your browsing behavior for online behavioral advertising purposes.

How We Use The Personal Information We Collect

We may use personal information to:

We may also aggregate and/or de-identify any information that we collect in connection with our websites and mobile applications, such that the information no longer identifies any specific individual. We may use, disclose and otherwise process such information for our own legitimate business purposes – including historical and statistical analysis and business planning – without restriction.

Personal Information We Share

Vertex does not share personal information except as described in this Privacy Notice. We may share information that we obtain about you with:

Unless prohibited by applicable law, we reserve the right to transfer the information we maintain in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. If we engage in such a sale or transfer, we will – where required by applicable law – make reasonable efforts to direct the recipient to use your personal information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notice. After such a sale or transfer, you may contact the recipient with any inquiries concerning the processing of your personal information.

In addition, we may share your information to comply with legal requirements, and protect against and prevent fraud, illegal activity (such as identifying and responding to incidents of hacking or misuse of our websites and mobile applications), and claims and other liabilities.


If you submit your information in connection with job opportunities at Vertex via our website, we will use and disclose the information to process your application (including to contact you and/or your references and former employers if appropriate), to monitor recruitment statistics, and to comply with government reporting requirements. We also retain statistical information about applicants to help inform our recruitment activities.


Our websites and mobile applications are not intended for individuals under 18 years of age, and individuals must be at least 18 years of age to register with our websites and mobile applications. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information.

Your Rights and Choices

You have certain rights and choices regarding Vertex's processing of your personal information:

International Data Transfers

We may transfer your personal information to countries other than the country in which the data was originally collected for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice. For example, if you are located outside of the United States, we typically transfer your personal information to the United States, where Vertex is headquartered. The countries to which we transfer personal information may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the personal information.

How We Protect Personal Information

Vertex maintains reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information we maintain against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use. However, we cannot guarantee that the measures we maintain will ensure the security of the personal information.

Links to Websites and Third-Party Content

For your convenience and information, we may provide links to websites and other third-party content that is not owned or operated by Vertex. The websites and third-party content to which we link may have separate privacy notices or policies. Vertex is not responsible for the privacy practices of any entity that it does not own or control.

Updates To Our Privacy Notice

Vertex reserves the right to change this Privacy Notice at any time. When we update this Privacy Notice, we will notify you of changes that are deemed material under applicable legal requirements by updating the date of this Privacy Notice and providing other notification as required by applicable law. We may also notify you of changes to the Privacy Notice in other ways, such as via email or other contact information you have provided.

How To Contact Us

You may contact us with questions or comments about this Privacy Notice or our privacy practices, or to request access to or correction of your information. Our contact information is as follows:

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Attn: Legal Department - Privacy

50 Northern Avenue

Boston, MA 02210